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Knitting Reference Library

Resources digitised by the Library Digitisation Unit, University of Southampton

The Knitting Reference Library (KRL) includes the published works collected by Montse Stanley, Richard Rutt and Jane Waller. These comprise books, exhibition catalogues, knitting patterns, journals and magazines.

Since acquiring these collections we have continued to add new acquisitions related to knitting from work by contemporary artists to traditional stitchionaries. Our aim is to continue building the collection in the same spirit of enquiry as the collectors.

There has been a peak in publishing on knitting since about 2008 so we have been able to add new books fairly regularly. This is especially important as the series of In the loop conferences have become a focus for disseminating new research. We also add relevant contextual material from other disciplines. Our aim has to been to reflect the revival of interest in the many aspects of this art, craft and fashion.

The earliest published work is dated 1840 the most recent published in September 2012. The journals include a run of Girls Own Annual dating from 1881 collected by Montse Stanley. This rich and wide ranging resource focused around a single subject has been the foundation for our work with the KRL, the continuation of In the loop and related activities.

All the books have been catalogued and are on open access. The knitting patterns, journals and magazines are all kept in our store on site for which we run a collection service.We have recently listed the knitting patterns by collector followed by type of knitwear then organised by decades. A selection of the patterns have been digitised but is dependent on copyright clearance. We are also in the process of cataloguing the journals and magazines alongside checking the holdings for each title. A number of these materials are available online. The Victorian knitting manuals donated by Richard Rutt have been digitised and are also available online.

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Design No. 5958 Props used in illustration : guitar, straw bales, young woman, barn setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 1776 Props used in illustration : camera Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 2165 Props used in illustration : sunglasses, exterior river embankment setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 1402 Props used in illustration : fence, leaves, sky and clouds Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 5493 Props used in illustration : park or other outdoor setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 2004 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
[Pattern no.] 6393 Props used in illustration : tennis racquet Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 7734
Design No. 2406B Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 5550 Props used in illustration : outdoor setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 6084 Props used in illustration : snowballs, outdoor setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 2024 Includes shop stamp : Sardar Tara Singh Props used in illustration : motor scooters, map, motorcycle helmets, exterior backdrop Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 2037 Props used in illustration : cigarette Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 5651
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Design No. 6205 Includes shop stamp : W.H. Smith & Son Ltd., Leicester Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 5021 Props used in illustration: exterior country backdrop Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 6263 Props used in illustration : shotgun, cartridge belt, brace of pheasants, outdoor setting Includes shop stamp : Readicut, Leicester Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 5103 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 5313 Props used in illustration : boat, river or lake setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 2540 Includes shop stamp : D.M. Linder, Stamford, Lincs Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 5430 Props used in illustration : exterior setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 2033B Props used in illustration : cricket pads and gloves Includes shop stamp : Kathleen, Wanstead Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 2189B Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 6697 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 1330
Design No. 1372 Props used in illustration : Big Dipper, fairground setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 5733 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 5128 Props used in illustration : outdoor setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 1686 Props used in illustration : photographic negatives and developing equipment Includes shop stamp : Crawfords Wool Shop Ltd., Wigan Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 5084 Props used in illustration : outdoor setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 7753 Includes shop stamp : Farndon's, Oadby Props used in illustration : pipe Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 6151
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Design No. 2107 Includes shop stamp : Muriel Martin Props used in illustration : pencil, newspaper, room interior Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 5310 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 2253 Props used in illustration : printed pages Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 5427 Props used in illustration : lake, inlet or riverside setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 6514 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 5114 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 5712 Props used in illustration : pipe, lighter, park setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 5536 Props used in illustration : rope, boat setting Includes shop stamp : The Daintycrafts Shop, Kenilworth Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 6718 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 2322 Includes shop stamp : Rivetts for Wools Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 7823 Props used in illustration : surveyors plans and measuring equipment Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 2235 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 2118 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 6579 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 5168 Props used in illustration : outdoor setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 1694 Props used in illustration : outdoor setting Includes shop stamp : The Wool Shop, Leicester Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 5329 Props used in illustration : exterior setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 2229B Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 6286 Props used in illustration : young woman Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 7820 Props used in illustration : power jig saw, pencil, plank of wood Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 1157 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 1178 Props used in illustration : golf clubs Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 2585 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 5020 Props used in illustartion : exterior country backdrop Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 6713 Props used in illustration : sand dune Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 1236 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 5259 Props used in illustration : park setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 5429 Props used in illustration : sunglasses, interior setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 5822 Props used in illustration : car, outdoor setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 5562 Props used in illustration : outdoor setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 6219 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 5903 Props used in illustration : outdoor setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 5386 Props used in illustration : outdoor setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 2560 Props used in illustration : outdoor setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
[Pattern no.] 1547 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 2176 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 5754 Props used in illustration : tree, outdoor setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 1248 Props used in illustration : outdoor setting Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 2418B Includes shop stamp : Rowe's Wool Shop Ltd Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 658 Props used in illustration : cigarette Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
Design No. 1777
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Design No. C8212 Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .
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Design No. 2457 Includes shop stamp : Muriel Martin Props used in illustration : country cottage backdrop Rutt 5 A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue .